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2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

A more affordable alternative to the Range Rover Evoque Convertible

The 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet is a drop-top version of the company’s subcompact crossover. Launches two years after the coupe regular version, the 2020 T-Roc Cabriolet isn’t just a T-Roc with a soft-top, it also features only two doors instead of four. What’s more, the soft-top has a sleeker design, so the Cabriolet looks sportier than its standard sibling. Inspired by the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, the 2020 T-Roc Cabriolet is Volkswagen’s only small convertible to date after the discontinuation of the Beetle.

The soft-top and the revised shape of the roof are the only features that set the 2020 T-Roc Cabriolet apart from its standard sibling. The bodywork and the interior are similar, as is the technology package. They’re identical under the hood as well, although the 2020 T-Roc Cabriolet doesn’t yet feature the more powerful gas engines. Volkswagen doesn’t offer diesel mills for this model either. Let’s find out more about this bold convertible in the review below.

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The 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet is your new small high-riding drop top

The 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet is your new small high-riding drop top

Volkswagen T-Roc goes topless for fresh air fun

Convertible SUVs are only slightly more common than hen’s teeth these days, primarily because there doesn’t seem to be a huge market for them, yet VW has taken the plunge and launched one of its own - the new T-Roc Cabriolet, a model the manufacturer promises has a lot of appeal thanks to the many qualities it blends together.

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2019 Volkswagen I.D. BUGGY Concept

2019 Volkswagen I.D. BUGGY Concept

An all-electric dune buggy from the future

The Volkswagen I.D. Buggy is a concept car that draws inspiration from the iconic dune buggies of the 1960s. A fully electric vehicle built on Volkswagen’s new MEB modular platform, the I.D. Buggy is part of the company’s I.D. series of vehicles that includes six concept cars as of 2019. Unlike some of its siblings though, the I.D. Buggy won’t make it into production.

Having used the I.D. series to develop a modern successor to the iconic VW Bus, the German firm also created a modern interpretation of the classic dune buggy. The latter became known in the 1960s, when some privateers from California, most notably Bruce Meyers, converted rear-engined Volkswagen Beetles into roofless and doorless recreational vehicles for use on sand dunes and beaches. The I.D. Buggy pays tribute to its spiritual predecessor in both design and functionality, but it adds an electric drivetrain into the mix.

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2019 VW ID Buggy Concept wants to take electric cars to the beach, but not with a VW badge

2019 VW ID Buggy Concept wants to take electric cars to the beach, but not with a VW badge

VW debuts all-electric ID Buggy concept at the 2019 Geneva motor show

The term beach buggy may be somewhat generic, yet it actually refers to

VW Beetle

based buggies that exploded in popularity in the 1960s. Now VW wants to revive that sun-loving spirit with its new two-seater ID Buggy Concept that was just revealed at the 2019 Geneva motor show.

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Is Santa Bringing Back Volkswagen's Beach Buggy?

Is Santa Bringing Back Volkswagen’s Beach Buggy?

Could be part of a number of retro-looking I.D. concept models

Bruce Meyers’ Manx buggy was one of the huge automotive hits of the ’60s and, channeling the spirit of those years; it was a full-on DIY project that turned into a phenomenon. Now, Volkswagen, the company that powered Meyers’ dreams via the Beetle platform, teased a potential revival of the buggy as an electric concept part of the I.D. family.

This year, Volkswagen’s traditional Christmas card features the muscular silhouette of an open-top rugged off-roader with Santa in the driver’s seat. This suggests that the German automaker is looking to unveil yet another concept under the I.D. umbrella inspired by the buggy that was paramount to the creation of the Baja Rally.

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Word Has It Volkswagen Is Developing an ID Electric Beach Buggy

Word Has It Volkswagen Is Developing an ID Electric Beach Buggy

Bring on the dunes!

Volkswagen might be working hard to broaden its cutting-edge electric offerings as of late, but it isn’t forgetting where it came from, digging deep into its catalogue of classic hits to mate the new with the old. Now, the latest VW icon to get EV’d could be the ever-lovable Beach Buggy.

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Say Farewell to the Volkswagen Beetle in Los Angeles

Say Farewell to the Volkswagen Beetle in Los Angeles

Production ends in 2019

After eight years on the market in this generation, and 22 years since the nameplate was revived in Europe and North America, the Volkswagen Beetle is going into the history books for the second time. With production set to end in 2019, the German firm is bidding farewell to the funky two-door with a Final Edition model. The last of the A5-generation Beetle made its public debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition

One last hurrah for one of the auto industry’s most iconic models

Volkswagen has unveiled the 2019 Beetle Final Edition a day after leaked VIN documents indicated that the German automaker was planning to roll out the special edition model to commemorate the Beetle’s three-generation, 70-year run. The 2019 Beetle Final Edition will be available in SE and SEL trims. It will also be available in coupe and convertible versions. Pricing for the SE and SEL coupe starts at $23,940 and $26,890, respectively, while pricing for the SE and SEL convertible versions starts at $28,190 and $30,890, respectively.

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Cheer Up, Bug Fans! The Volkswagen Beetle Will Be Discontinued but Isn't Going Away Just Yet

Cheer Up, Bug Fans! The Volkswagen Beetle Will Be Discontinued but Isn’t Going Away Just Yet

Current-generation model will stick around for a while

Eyes watered and tears flowed when Volkswagen announced that it wasn’t going to build a next-generation version of the Volkswagen Beetle. But fear not, fans of the beloved Bug. The current-generation model isn’t going away anytime soon. Volkswagen spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said as much to USA Today, quelling fears that the iconic model is on borrowed time.

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2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim

It’s difficult to get automotive upholstery just right. Have you ever wished your car’s seats could feel just like your most comfortable pair of jeans? The limited-edition 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim, unveiled at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, aims to do just that, while at the same time bringing back the spirit of the classic Volkswagen Beetle of the 1970s. The limited run of Beetle convertibles features interior and top fabric designed to look like denim, among other unique interior features.

Volkswagen will produce 1,000 Beetle Denims in Pure White and another 1,000 in Stonewashed Blue.

Kind of ridiculous, isn’t it? Yes, but it’s fun, and the Beetle has always been a quirky car that refrains from taking itself too seriously. Cars upholstered with jeans-style fabric aren’t a new concept, either. In 1974 and 1975, Volkswagen produced a special edition “Jeans Bug” for European markets. This car featured unique exterior trim in addition to the denim-inspired upholstery, and surviving examples are highly sought after today. Closer to home for North American Customes, AMC teamed up with Levi’s in the 1970s to produce a number of licensed “denim”-upholstered cars, including a Gremlin subcompact and a Jeep CJ-7. These vehicles followed a similar theme, with denim-type upholstery on the seats and interior panels, distinctive orange piping and even rivets styled like those of Levi’s jeans.

Updated 03/08/2016: Volkswagen announced prices for the 2016 Beetle Denim which is now available for sale. The model is priced from $25,995 plus destination ($820). Only 2,000 units will be built.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Beetle Denim.

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2016 Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Concept

2016 Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Concept

Could this be the future of VW’s crossover/SUV lineup?

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show is shaping up to be one of Volkswagen’s most important auto shows. As the German automaker tries to recover from the worst scandal to hit the auto industry in recent years, it’s stepping up with a handful of important models that will all play a part in stirring up what it calls the “New Volkswagen.” One of these models is the T-Cross Breeze, a preview version of an entry-level crossover that will sit below the Tiguan in the company’s SUV lineup.

The concept will arrive in Geneva with a drop-top configuration á la the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. It’s a bold move to package the T-Cross like this, but make no mistake, whatever model comes out of the concept will be packaged in a more traditional matter. A drop-top could be in the cards, but it’s too early to tell if VW is prepared to take that route, interesting as it sounds.

For now, treat the T-Cross Breeze like any other concept, albeit one that could potentially have a more important role in the future. Volkswagen made it clear that the T-Cross Breeze serves as a “teaser” for its first compact SUV and more importantly, the first hint of a new design language that would usher in a new era for the company.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

To look at the original Beetle in stock form, it probably doesn’t strike you as much of an off-road vehicle. But there was a time when the Beetle was a popular choice for off-road duty. It was cheap, light and easy to work on. Beetles were raised, fitted with off-road tires, and had their bodywork removed, cut or often replaced with fiberglass pieces that allowed for extra lights. These “Baja Bugs,” as they would come to be called, would become so popular that the Baja 1000 race would include a whole class just for the modified Beetles.

Newer Beetles, defined as any with the engine in the front, don’t take to off-road duty quite as readily as their predecessors, but Volkswagen will still be paying tribute to the old Baja Bugs with a new special edition for 2016, called the Beetle Dune. The car is a production version of the 2014 Dune Concept that was shown in Detroit, and that was itself an update of a concept from all the way back in 2000 based on the New Beetle. The special edition isn’t an actual off-roader itself, but it doesn’t look as though VW is trying to trick anyone into thinking it is.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune.

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The US Market Could Get The Next Generation Volkswagen Golf Cabrio

The US Market Could Get The Next Generation Volkswagen Golf Cabrio

Volkswagen may still be dealing with the ramifications of the “DieselGate” emissions scandal, but apparently, that hasn’t stopped the company from looking ahead into the future of its vehicle lineup in the U.S. According to Car and Driver, the German automaker is planning to bring the Golf Cabriolet back to the US, effectively putting an end to the convertible’s prolonged absence in the region.

The Golf Cabriolet hasn’t been sold in America since 2002. Beginning in 2006, Volkswagen has relied on the Eos to fill its entry-level convertible slot in the market, but now that the Eos is headed towards its grave, the Golf Cabrio is now anticipated to pick up the reigns once again. There’s no timetable on when the Golf Cabrio will be brought back, but don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, at least not until 2018 when the eighth-generation Golf makes its highly-anticipated debut. A reason for that is because the current generation Golf Cabrio is still based on the sixth-generation Golf instead of the current Golf Mk VII model.

By all indications, it’s return to the U.S. is a question of “when” instead of “if.” But once it does arrive, the U.S.-bound Golf Cabriolet is expected to use Volkswagen’s existing MQB architecture, which is already being used on the Mk VII Golf, as well as the Mk II Tiguan, Mk III Touran, and the Passat B8. It will also feature a number of powertrain options, including three- and four-cylinder gas engines. Diesel-powered TDI units are also in the pipeline, although it’s highly unlikely that they make their way here.

As is often the case when it comes to the Golf family, the US-bound Golf Cabriolet could also arrive with different trim options.

Continue reading for the full story.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

2016 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

As one of the biggest automakers in the world, Volkswagen’s got a lot on its plate, so much so that I can understand if some of its models don’t get nearly the same amount of attention as the others. But what’s happening with the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is a real head-scratcher even by VW’s standards.

Volkswagen released the seventh-generation 2013 Volkswagen Golf Mk. VII in 2012. Since that time, the model has given birth to a handful of variants, including the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen, the 2017 Volkswagon Golf Alltrack, and the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf, to name a few. Conspicuous by its absence in that list is the Golf Cabriolet, which has yet to receive a seventh-generation makeover. Well, Volkswagen has just announced the first details of the 2016 Golf Cabriolet and the key takeaway is…it’s still based on the sixth-generation 2009 Volkswagen Golf.

Yep, Volkswagen’s soldiering on with the Mk6 Golf Cabriolet in a dumbfounding attempt at trying to convince the market that there’s still some appeal left in a version of the Golf that has been replaced three years ago. I mean, really, Volkswagen?

The obvious reaction here is “why?” but if you look past the notable changes on the car and read between the lines of the announcements and press releases, it does appear that the company’s just releasing the Golf Cabriolet just for the sake of releasing it, as if there’s an absence of conviction in trying to make the model a viable competitor in a market that’s already teeming with new offerings from rival brands.

Volkswagen did give the new-old Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet some new exterior and interior digs. At least those things are worth something, right?

But overall, the 2016 Golf Cabriolet still has the look of a car that was built half-heartedly by a company that now doesn’t appear to be interested in building a seventh-generation-based Golf Cabriolet. Hopefully, that’s not the case, but with a move like this, it might very well be.

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet will make its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Continue reading for my full review of the face-lifted Golf Cabriolet.

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Next Generation Volkswagen Golf Could Get A Targa Version

Next Generation Volkswagen Golf Could Get A Targa Version

The market for convertibles is definitely in the midst of a major decline, but that isn’t stopping Volkswagen from looking ahead. An unnamed source says that the next-gen Golf could get a partially open-top Targa model that was likely previewed in concept form on the 2014 Volkswagen T-Roc Concept (shown above).

Although that Geneva concept was a high-riding crossover model, it gave us a good look at an innovative Targa roof not unlike what was used on the Honda del Sol, with a removable center roof section that can be stored in the cargo area. The article says that a Golf Targa is “more than just an idea,” but there is no telling if VW actually plans on bringing such a model to fruition. One interesting aspect of this report is that it says a Golf Targa model would be in addition to a next-gen Golf Cabrio.

The seventh-gen Volkswagen Golf just went on sale in the U.S. last year, but it has been in production in other markets for a couple of years now, meaning that a Golf VIII is just around the corner. At this point, though, there’s no telling whether VW has any plans to bring the next-gen Golf Cabrio or this rumored Golf Targa to the U.S.

Continue reading to learn more about the Targa version of the next Volkswagen Golf.

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Wave Concept

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Wave Concept

Amidst rumors that it may axe the Beetle as part of its plan to reduce manufacturing costs, Volkswagen brought a quartet of concept cars to the 2015 New York Auto Show, one of which was the Convertible Wave. Described as a vehicle "designed to enjoy the summer, whether in the Hamptons or in Santa Monica," the Wave Concept is as production ready as they get, sporting special color, a couple of bespoke exterior features and an interior inspired by surfing.

The Germans didn’t say whether the Beetle Wave will become a production car or remain just a study, but they did point out that "vehicles like the Beetle Dune that was shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2014 demonstrate how Volkswagen can create production models from such concepts very rapidly." Could the Wave Concept spawn a limited-edition Beetle? Guess we’ll just have to wait to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Wave Concept.

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Denim Concept

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Denim Concept

Have you ever wanted to drive in a Beetle-shaped pair of blue jeans? Well, VW may just give you that opportunity after unveiling the 2015 Beetle Convertible Denim Concept at the New York International Auto Show. In what could have been one of the better April Fools Day pranks, VW modeled the exterior, interior, and even the convertible top of this Beetle to have various blue-jean-like features, including a 1980s favorite, stonewashed jeans.

You may be surprised to learn that the Jeans edition is sort of a tradition in the Beetle lineup. Back in 1974, during the rise ofin popularity of denim jeans, VW released the Jeans Bug, which had black “Jeans” logos on the doors and hood, Lemmerz GT wheels, and denim-style fabric on the seats with orange stitching (you know, the same hideous color stitching on dark-blue jeans).

Despite how odd this blue-jeans-inspired concept is, it certainly wasn’t the oddest of the slew of Beetle concepts this year. Vee-dub went all out this year, and we all need to tip our caps to the automaker for stepping outside the box with these models, despite how pointless they may seem.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Denim Concept.

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Volkswagen Eos Will Go Out Of Production In May

Volkswagen Eos Will Go Out Of Production In May

If you’re looking to buy a new Volkswagen Eos convertible, you better act fast. The German automaker has already confirmed that the 2015 model year would be the end of the road for the drop-top, but German automotive news site Automobilwoche is now reporting that production of the car will cease in May.

The writing has been on the wall since last year, when Volkswagen announced the 2015 Volkswagen Eos Final Edition, but this new report gives a specific date that the final Eos will roll off the car’s Portugal assembly plant. There is still some time to order a new Eos, as the report adds that customers can continue to order the car until March 27.

According to the article, one of the reasons for the Eos’ demise is the fact that convertible preference among European customers has switched to favor soft-top offerings in recent years. It also doesn’t help that the Eos has essentially gone its entire nine-year lifecycle with few changes outside of a relatively light refresh for the 2012 model year. Still, that hasn’t stopped the Eos from moving some decent global volume as Automobilwoche also reports that since the Eos was introduced for 2006, it has sold about 230,000 units.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Eos.

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T - Driven

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T - Driven

There is perhaps no other vehicle in the automotive history that is more steeply drenched in history, pop culture, and longevity than the Volkswagen Beetle. Commissioned in 1934 by Adolf Hitler himself, designed and built by Porsche with assembly starting in 1938, and sold continually in its (mostly) original design until 2003. It holds records for the longest running and most manufactured automotive nameplate of a single design. The car’s iconic design included a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine that powered the rear wheels. Several engine sizes were used throughout the years, though the basic flat-four design remained. Despite the original Beetle’s continuation into the 21st century, Volkswagen released a new take on the classic design. In 1997, VW released the “New Beetle,” a retro styled compact car that evoked the past while still adopting current technology. A front-mounted engine powered the front wheels while the trunk moved to the rear. The New Beetle lasted until 2008 when it was put on hiatus. The car arguably suffered form an acute lack of testosterone, leaving the Bug to be very gender-specific with buyers. The optional dash-mounted flower vase, for example, didn’t help the car’s appeal toward the male audience. The Beetle returned for 2012 sporting an updated design, VW’s swanky new interior styling, a host of engine options, and without the “New” nomenclature. Thankfully the overall design took on a more gender-neutral appeal, though the car still fights the girly stereotype.

I recently spent a week with a 2015 Beetle Convertible complete with the new-for-2014 turbocharged, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine. Without spoiling the suspense, I did walk away with a new appreciation for the car and a stronger respect for its historical significance.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic

The Volkswagen Beetle holds a special place in the auto industry as one of the most recognizable cars in the world. The Beetle has evolved over the years and it’s even adopted a new design language that’s fit to the times. All of that is good but you’d be surprised that a lot of people still yearn for the Beetle of yesteryear. Well, Volkswagen heard your calls loud and clear because it’s unveiling a limited-edition Beetle Classic model that not only comes with plenty of retro touches, but also has a retro price tag! No, you can’t buy one for $500, which I assume the Beetle cost at one point in time, but you can get a Beetle Classic model for a price lower than the standard 1.8T automatic model.

The Beetle Classic will come in both coupe and convertible models. The Beetle Coupe Classic will go on sale in September 2014 with a price of just $20,195. The Beetle Convertible Classic isn’t expected to go on sale until the early part of 2015, but VW did say that it’s going to start at a price of $25,995.

Both models will also carry a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a speck under nine seconds to go with a top speed of about 115 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Beetle Classic.

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2015 Volkswagen Eos Final Edition

2015 Volkswagen Eos Final Edition

The Volkswagen Eos is nearing the end of its road, with 2015 marking its final year in production. To commemorate its passing, Volkswagen is introducing a ‘Final Edition’ Eos. The new trim level replaces the drop-top’s Sport trim level and the entire Eos lineup gets some new exterior colors and interior accoutrements.

New for 2015 are ‘Flash Red’ and ‘Pure White’ exterior paint colors. Flash Red comes available only on the Komfort and Executive trims, while Pure White is available across the board.

The Final Edition trim gets all the niceties from the Sport trim it replaces. Vicenza wheels sized at 18 inches, bespoke Cornsilk Beige and black two-tone Vienna leather with contrast stitching in the cabin, along with silver net interior trim. The Final Edition also gets a rearview camera and rain-sensing windshield wipers for added safety.

The Eos has been a slow seller for Volkswagen since its introduction in 2006. The hardtop convertible only moved 4,178 units in 2013 for all of America. Even in its best year, 2008, the Eos only found homes in 12,837 driveways across the U.S.

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet By ABT Sportsline

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet By ABT Sportsline

By most accounts, the A5 Volkswagen Beetle is a very good car. It retains the iconic Beetle look of previous generations, but visually, it’s been updated, tweaked, nipped, and tucked to give it a more modern, even somewhat masculine, appearance. Under the skin, it’s built on a very capable platform that’s shared with the Jetta and the Golf. It might not be your cup of tea, and especially in its convertible form, it may be hard to get past the cultural stigma that the Beetle is a car for teenage girls, but if anyone can break the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet of its feminine image, it’s ABT.

ABT Sportsline, the mostly-Audi and Volkswagen tuner out of Germany, now offers its complete package for the Beetle Cabriolet. If you want a more aggressive look, the company can give you that. If you want an upgraded suspension, it can give you that. Best of all though, if you want more power from they engine, the tuner can give you that too. Put it all together, and you might even have a drop-top GTI-killer.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet by ABT Sportsline.

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